“Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” Rev 14:12 (KJV)
Probably like you, have read this verse so many times, can even recite it, but hadn’t really considered an important truth which is locked within these few words. There are three parts to this one verse:
- Saints and their patience
- Commandments of God
- Faith of Jesus
Now, just how are these related or inter-related? While working through a document which I will post in a while written by Elder James White, he makes a distinction I’d never before considered and it is so important it needs to be brought out forcefully and clearly. Let’s skip the first and discuss the last two.
There will come a time, this Gospel Era, where people who call themselves, “Christian” actually reject the Law of God, the Ten Commandments. They would have you believe it was abolished at the cross of Christ. Now, there are those who were designated as, “God’s Chosen People”, who never accepted Christ and were responsible for Him, literally, being hung on the cross. Both of these groups have the same thing in common: a desire to be called “God’s People” yet they oppose each other in what they consider, “Dispensations” or “Covenants”. One hates the Law of God while the other hates Christ!
This is where the first part comes in. It is the “saints” who have “patience” meaning they’ve worked through the issues and fully understand how both the “Commandments” (Law) and “Jesus” (Gospel) actually work together and not in opposition. Come on and let’s be honest with ourselves. Today’s nominal believers disregard God’s Ten Commandments and completely destroy the Fourth Commandment regarding “keeping the Sabbath day holy”. Isn’t this true? While the other group don’t believe Jesus is the Messiah, came to save them from having broken the Law of God, the Ten Commandments, which they hold so dearly yet will be the staunchest keepers of the Fourth Commandment! But it is truly God’s People who will have both, the “Commandments of God” (Law) being compatible with the “Faith of Jesus” which is the Gospel, because we sin when we break God’s Law and need an Advocate, which is Christ, in order to reconcile us back to the Father! Isn’t this beautiful and yet so simple but there will be many who will not be able to understand this because of traditional indoctrination and plain stubbornness.
This verse completely outlines those who will have right to the Tree of Life, which is in the New Jerusalem and I have to be quite direct with you: If you are doubting either #2 or #3, it is because you are not #1! Always strive to be #1.
February 28, 2015